Internet based business startup rules


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Internet based business startup rules

  1. 1. Internet-Based Business: Startup Rules 1. You do NOT need to be an expert in SEO (search engine optimization), social media marketing, website marketing, traditional marketing or sales in order to get started. However, you DO need a professional website. 2. Pre-packaged programs only work as much as you can customize it and make it unique and your own. Even then, techniques that work for one niche will not work in all niches. 3. Be aware of any “system” that promises instant results (especially anything that sounds like a get-rich-quick scheme!) 4. Every business is done stronger by specializing in a tight niche. Know your audience and stick to it. 5. Internet Business Idea #1: Affiliate Marketing What is it? :: Promote other company’s products and services on your website. When a sale is made, you get a commission. Most important skills needed :: PPC (Pay Per Click marketing), sales copywriting, web marketing 6. Internet Home Business Idea #2: Blogging What is it? A chronologically based website filled with articles, reviews, or journal-style writing. You can sell advertising or incorporate affiliate marketing on a blog to earn money. (Don’t have a blog yet? Get a professionally-designed one .) Most important skills needed: Copywriting, social networking, affiliate marketing, web marketing
  2. 2. 7. Web-Based Business Idea #3: eBay & Auction Selling What is it? Selling or reselling products via an online marketplace like Ebay, Amazon Auctions, or Craigslist. You can sell used goods, buy goods wholesale, or use a drop- shipping service. Most important skills needed: Merchandising, sales copywriting, customer service 8. Idea #4 for Internet Home Based Businesses: E-Commerce What is it? Selling products or a technology-based service on your own website. Most important skills needed: All of the above, below and then some! 9. Internet Home Business Idea #5: Arts & Crafts What is it? Creating and manufacturing your own product lines and selling them online. Most important skills needed: Creativity, sales, e-commerce 10.Home Business Idea for Web Workers #6: Internet Research Business What is it? Doing internet research for corporations, law firms and other small businesses. Most important skills needed: Librarian-style research skills, customer service 11.Idea #7 for Working From Home on the Web: Freelance Services What is it? Providing professional services such as copywriting, design, photography, illustration, and programming usually billed on an hourly rate. Most important skills needed: Sales, customer service, trade-specific knowledge 12.Work At Home Web Business Idea #8: Recruiting What is it? Recruiting candidates for companies who pay a fee when a hire is made. Most important skills needed: Sales, relationship building, networking
  3. 3. 13.Internet Business Idea #9: Consulting What is it? Providing your specialized industry knowledge to corporations, entrepreneurs, investors or other businesses. Most important skills needed: Trade-specific knowledge, sales, customer service Best learning resources:’s Consulting Business Startup Guide 14.Web Business Idea #10: VA (Virtual Assistant) What is it? Providing administrative and business support to other business owners and small businesses. Most important skills needed: Customer service, organization Unless you have a brilliant tech idea that makes venture capitalists drool (which means you don’t need this list), you need to determine where your strengths are and which business model you plan on following. I have run three home-based businesses in my life, all of which leveraged my current skill set as the foundation for building the business. Look over the following list and single out the ones in which you have at least some experience. You probably won’t have all of the skills necessary, so don’t let that stop you! All you have to do is work hard and be willing to learn.